Keeping Up with the Smeraldos

The Kardashians aren’t the only family we need to be keeping up with these days. Meet the Smeraldos, an Italian family who holds the value of breaking bread as an imperative part of their business’s success. Since their late father, an Italian immigrant, opened the doors to the family's first restaurant, Il Terrazzo Carmine back in 1984, CJ, his brother Philip…

The Art of Omakase

Omakase sushi is a Japanese tradition of letting the chef choose your order. When you order “omakase,” it roughly means, “Chef, I trust you.”  It is considered a form of respect and a compliment to the chef when ordered and is truly a luxury experience, consisting of the best of quality and freshness. The meal can be likened to an artistic performance, where the chef can…

Romantic Destination

 +did you know?  Originally the Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, it began as an eight-room inn built in 1916 as a rest stop for travelers. It quickly became famous for its Country Breakfast, then called the Farm Breakfast, which nourished visitors before they journeyed over the mountain pass. In 1988, the building was completely remodeled and reopened as the Salish Lodge.   

Mai Tai or Yours?

This year, Canlis will be hosting Seattle's most exclusive scene of a truly one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve party. And it’s not what you think! What used to be its biggest moneymaking night of the year has shifted into what is now considered the most exclusive NYE party in Seattle. Since opening its doors in 1950, Canlis has been known for crafting memorable experiences among Seattleites and fancy restaurant-goers. But…

Where to Pamper your pet

 Article Jordan Blaine | Photography Life N Light  Without a doubt, Bellevue is a dog-friendly community. This area is home to an array of resources. From a boutique and bakery with pup-approved treats, a club that gives your dog a vigorous workout or a lounge strictly for our furry friends, Bellevue is the spot for pampered pooches. Treat your best friend…

Coffee With A Cause

This is a story that begins—and ends—with coffee. Nine years ago, Bellden Cafe owners and husband-and-wife duo Claire and Eddy Sumadiwirya first met at a coffee shop in Bellevue. What started as a blind date led to hours of conversation and, among many topics, they discussed their mutual dream of someday owning a local cafe.

Makes its Eastside Debut this October

It’s 5:30 a.m., Joseph and Randi Brazen are headed out the door to take their favorite yoga class to kick start their day. This has been a tradition for them for the past 10 years—it is a place where they find their peace, strength and collect their thoughts. The Brazens were both gifted the entrepreneurial spirit and moved from California…

Home Is Where The “Farmhouse” Is

There’s something to be said about a sense of familiarity and belonging. People and places that remind us of home often leave the greatest impacts. Chef Jason Wilson aims to create that very experience for guests in his new downtown Bellevue restaurant, The Lakehouse.